Man from India dies in I-94 accident near Eau Claire; many injured
A man from New York City has been arrested on a homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle charge following a fatal accident on Interstate 94 on Friday.
Wisconsin State Patrol officials say that Miguel Mateus, 36, was driving a privately-owned 1989 Eagle conversion bus westbound on I-94, near mile marker 80, when the bus rear-ended a semi-truck in front of it.
The 2006 Kenworth semi was driven by Donald Palmer, 62, Alberta, Canada.
After striking the semi, the bus veered off the westbound lanes, entered the median and then struck an eastbound minivan.
That 2000 Honda minivan was driven by Gauri Limkar, 36, Brooklyn Park, Minn.
A passenger in the minivan, Arun Devkar, 62, India, was killed as a result of the crash.
All occupants in the minivan were taken to Luther Hospital in Eau Claire with non-life-threatening injuries.
The other occupants were Sonja Limkar, 4, Ajinkya Limkar, 11, and Ravindra Limkar, 39 all from Brooklyn Park and Manorama Devkar, 59, India. All occupants of the minivan were wearing seatbelts.
Mateus was also taken to Luther Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Along with Mateus four other occupants of the bus were taken to Luther Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
Injured were Igor Fejzula, Barcelona, Spain; Derek Munson, 20, Richland, Wash.; Crystal Munson, 22, Richland, Wash.; and Aaron English, 32, Seattle. None of the occupants of the bus had seat belts on.
It is the policy of Luther Hospital not to release information on the status of patients.
State Patrol officials say that excessive speed played a role in the accident and they are continuing their investigation into the crash.